Crystal Hernandez 2017-06-09 01:40:12
Dermatologists, along with their patients, family, and Academy staff, traveled to Patagonia, Chile, January 19 – January 28, to raise awareness for Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ The event involved six days of hiking over 64 miles, along trails at La Cumbre Baguales Geo-Paleontological Park and Torres del Paine National Park. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the hikers, $214,307 was raised to support the AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign. Day 1: The adventure began with an introductory 6-mile hike through Torres del Paine National Park, where one of the travel guides, Jorge Ruiz Rozas, pointed out ancient hieroglyphs preserved deep in the park’s rocks. The group also encountered Patagonia’s wildlife including the native guanacos, flamingos, and condors, and discovered evidence of pumas. Day 2: The group trekked 13 miles, 1,200 meters above sea level, through La Cumbre Baguales Geo-Paleontological Park to discover fossil leaves from an age of 25 million years and shark teeth from the Eocen Age 40 million years ago. Day 3: The most challenging trail of the “W” circuit, the group conquered 12-miles, with a 3,291 feet elevation gain, all the way to the base of the famous Towers of Paine. Learn more about getting involved in a Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ event in your community at www.aad.org/sctah Day 4: After a night of camping at Las Torres, the group continued on the “W” circuit crossing the foothills of the Horns of Paine and along Lake Nordjenskold for a distance of 10 miles to reach Refugio Domo Frances. Day 5: After an 11.5- mile hike, the group reached the French Valley where they took in fantastic views of the amphitheater of granite peaks and saw and heard the French Glacier’s cascading avalanches of snow and ice down the mountains. Day 6: The last hike covered 11.5 miles along the “W” trail with dramatic views of the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe, through forests, and to the iceberg-choked lake. The group boarded a boat for a closer look at the magnificent vertical face of the Grey Glacier. The hikers Ellen Marmur, MD Kathleen Welsh, MD Bill Plautz, MD Diane Madfes, MD Mallory Madfes Marcela Lawler Liliana de la Garza Kent Seki Megan Sullivan Crystal Hernandez Top Individual Fundraiser: Dr. Ellen Marmur ($50,596) Top Fundraising Team: Dr. Kathleen Welsh and Dr. Bill Plautz ($65,220) Corporate Sponsors: Amazon Allergan Foundation In-Kind Donation: Alpine jackets donated by Patagonia, Inc. "Skin Cancer, Take a Hike! was a meaningful way for me to give of myself." — Diane Madfes, MD
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